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The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing two fines totaling $987,500 against Delta Air Lines for allegedly operating two commercial planes in need of repairs.
“Safety is our highest priority,” FAA Acting Administrator Michael Huerta said in a statement. “Operators must follow the proper procedures to maintain their aircraft.”
Delta, based in Atlanta, has 30 days to respond to the proposed fine.
In one case, the FAA contends Delta operated a Boeing 737-800 on 20 flights after an FAA inspector discovered a chip on the plane's nose cone. Delta's repair manual requires the airline seal chip damage before further flights.